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Date: 1/29/12 7:59 PM

No computer issues here but had a thought today, if you were to, say, downsize your pattern stash (not that I have any to begin with... yet), and you want to digitize them first. The reason I ask because I know the tissue paper is pretty flimsy to begin with and printing them to paper would probably work really well, not only that you also cut the size you want without actually cutting the original. To do this, would you think that a copy center can do this? Have anybody done this before?

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Date: 1/29/12 10:58 PM

I would think it would take a very long time to scan your patterns. The size would make it difficult, and even if you could get it to work well, you'd have to deal with printing them out later... Which means you have to have registration marks so you could tape it all back together in exactly the right place. I don't think a copy center would scan these for you, as they are usually copyrighted materials.

I have around 200 patterns, and they fit nicely into one file box that I bought at office supply store. I store the pattern envelopes separately in a 3-ring binder, sorted by category. It's like shopping in my own personal catalog. :-) When I find the pattern I want to make, I can bring it with me shopping for fabric and notions, and retrieve the pattern from the storage file box.

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Date: 1/30/12 12:47 PM

Hmm that's true. I never thought of the copyright part of it. You're right, it might be a large scale if that was the case and doing it myself. Even still, there's still printing it out. I figured if there was a snag, I can re-print that one section or something. I don't mind tracing if it comes to that since I have favored on not cutting the papers. I've done tracings up to the sliding glass door. That gets tiring pretty quickly and take frequent breaks. With LO running around, I do get distracted often and worry of the slight movement on either paper. Suppose I'll stick with tracings.

I hear you, shopping with your own catalog, I usually ask my mom or MIL if they have the piece I'm looking for. Let's see... I am sure I have 3 or 4 patterns in my cabinet. I'm not organizing them yet until I get my own sewing room. DH knows it's my wish list to have my own room. Thanks again!

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Date: 2/2/12 2:33 PM

Quote: sagittmama
I don't mind tracing if it comes to that since I have favored on not cutting the papers. I've done tracings up to the sliding glass door. That gets tiring pretty quickly and take frequent breaks.

You can get lightboxes from places like Michaels, Joanns or Hobby Lobby. Dickblick.com also has them, but their prices aren't quite as competitive if you catch one of the 40-50% off coupons for the other places.

I have the Artograph LightTracer 2 12"x18" and have been very pleased with it. Before that I also had a much smaller light box that came from the scrapbooking section of Michaels. It was a purple-blue color. I've traced patterns and all sorts of other things with them before and they both work quite well.

Or, if you are feeling crafty, they aren't difficult to make. You can find instructions on the web pretty easily.

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Date: 2/20/12 9:13 PM

Scanning the patterns would be a pain, but photographing them with a high-res digital camera would be easy. If you laid a big sheet of acetate with a grid on it over them before you took the pictures (or under them if the grid would show through the pattern paper), it would make scaling them back up easy. There would likely be a little parallax distortion in the image, but the grid would show you what lines needed to be slightly adjusted.

Graphics programs like Corel and Adobe have built-in tiling capability so that large-format documents can easily be printed out on multiple sheets and pasted together.

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Date: 2/21/12 0:14 AM

Brilliant idea! I would never have thought of that. Clever use of grid paper!

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